They ARE fast! Even my bigger pandas are fast but probably nowhere near as speedy as your guys. Once when I had to remove mine from my tank, I basically had to tear the tank apart to get them. I musta chased those things all over that tank with the net for an hour . . . *shudders at the memory*
Most of the time I can find my tetras but first thing in the morning, they're really pale and kinda sleepy I guess. That's when I usually come up short on the head count for some reason.
Yeah these guys freak me out sometimes because they move so fast, I'll be like "What was that?!" These guys are so annoying, when I tried to catch them with my net they would escape because they're so small they can creep through tiny holes. >: Unlike with Jake one swift swoop and I got him! But yeah hopefully I'm not taking them out with I do water changes, I'll have to slowly add in water and stuff. So I don't disrupt them, along with the root tabs in my gravel. . .
Yeah my Cories are usually at the bottom of the tank, they'll swim in like a single location, it's like fidgeting for them or something? Then they'll just chill together in one spot. I've actually grown quite fond of these little buggers, I want more of them now! xD
Sorry you can't buy online. Where do you get your plants and livestock? Get Seachem root tabs. I have a soiled tank, but I put in a couple anyway to my swords. I haven't had any clouding or anything. Maybe I was just lucky. Just push them slowly into the substrate with your finger. What happened to your tabs and what brand were they?
Yeah no buying online, makes me wanna qq. I get my plants and fish from my PFS, they're actually a pretty good store that have knowledgeable staff and take good care of their fish. Their plants are a bit pricey, but I've had no problems with them. They actually select the healthiest looking plants for you unlike my LPS where they just grab the closest thing they can reach. But their fish is cheap, pygmy cories are like $2.99? The two swords I got were from PetSmart, only plants there that weren't infested with algae or some sort of weird green stuff. . .
I've just planted the rest of my root tabs and made myself a sticky note to not shift any of the gravel for several weeks. I use API root tabs, and they have the nastiest looking brown poof clouds when you shift them out of the gravel. This time I pushed them real deep, hopefully no more poof clouds for me. =_________=